The power of convincing performances and a compelling storytelling/direction is such that even a person who has committed a crime as brutal as murder can end up getting sympathy from the Indian junta
Yes, we aren’t talking about real-life incidents but about the ones we witness on the big screen and that make us root, till the very end, for the protagonists who are guilty…who tread on the wrong path, and yet, are our heroes.
Despite knowing that the entire family is at fault, irrespective of what led them to commit the crime, and are playing minds games with the cops, we rooted for them to win and get away the murder of a teenage boy.
Indeed, ‘Visuals Can Be Deceptive’- the tagline of the Ajay Devgn-Tabu starrer; and director Nishikant Kamath proved it real well in what can be touted as classic thriller that the Hindi cinema’s got!
Reading an article in the newspaper about a man who befriended a girl, made her fall for him and then killed her along with everyone else who became an obstacle between him and his motive would surely make you abuse and wish the worst for him.
But what we did was love him for using the wrong path to achieve what he wants. Well, that’s the magic of Abbas-Mustan’s storytelling and Shah Rukh Khan’s award-winning performance!
Viewers shedding tears upon a terrorist’s death on-screen is a rare view. But trust Kabir Khan to turn it into a compelling story of how a man was forced to become a terrorist in order to take his revenge. No wonder, Sameer Shaikh from ‘New York’ is still considered as John Abraham’s finest performance till date!
Just when we got out of the surprise of how wonderful an actor Varun Dhawan is, we realized that all this while we had been rooting for his evil character Raghu who gets so engrossed in his motive to get his revenge that he even ends up murdering an innocent girl who trusted him!
Now that’s a dark spell only a director like Sriram Raghavan can cast upon his viewers and even make the bad look good…
Maneesh Sharma’s ‘Fan’ left us all in a dilemma! On one side was the superstar who acted like a complete jerk with one of his fans, on the other side was the fan who loses his innocence and love for his idol with one incident, and decides to tread on the path of revenge.
And while they fought it out and ran across the streets of Dubrovnik and Delhi, we made up our minds about which Shah Rukh Khan deserves to win and which one should let go his ego and stubbornness.
Which society does not look down upon a man who kidnaps an innocent kid? But what the society did this time was turn the man into a hero. There’s no chance you would have left the theatre hall without sympathizing with Irrfan Khan…
For a man who was so engrossed in building his own heaven and not caring about how his match-fixing sagas were funding the underworld and their business of blood-shed - it was way too shocking to find ourselves rooting for Emraan Hashmi to escape from the hands of the law instead of watching him die!
Even though for ‘Rustom’ Akshay Kumar, “Matlab Baazi Jeetne Se Hai, Phir Chaahe Pyaada Kurbaan Ho, Ya Phir Rani
”…we are sure it would be the naval officer the audiences would be rooting for without judging him on the basis of the Three Shots That Shocked The Nation!
Sometimes, just sometimes, the crime/s a hero commits does not matter… but why he did it matters to the audiences out there and makes them walk into his shoes…even if it is for a matter of three hours!